[suhb-vahy-ruh l]
adjective Microbiology.
  1. of or relating to any macromolecule smaller in size or possessing a lesser degree of organization than a comparable intact viral particle.
  2. of or relating to a component or precursor particle of an intact infective virus.

Origin of subviral

First recorded in 1960–65; sub- + viral Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for subviral


  1. of, caused by, or denoting a part of the structure of a virus
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